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Time at the Well Short Residencies 2019

Time at the Well Short Residencies 2019
3 December, 2018

Our Time at the Well programme provides support to creative practitioners and is part of our ongoing support for artists. We are delighted to work with performing artists Edwina Guckian and Ciaran McCauley as our short residency artists for 2019. We also welcome Karen Tansey as our emerging short residency artist for the year.

Ciaran is using his residency to explore and research the creation of a new theatre performance centred on the writer Flann O'Brien.

Ciaran has been active in the Sligo theatre scene for 35 years ranging from productions with Sligo Drama Circle and Coolera Dramatic Society to being a founder member of the BlueRaincoat Theatre company. Ciaran holds an MA in Drama and Performance from University College Dublin. He delivers the Physical Theatre Module to the students of the Performing Arts BA, in Sligo Institute of Technology. Ciaran has experience as a Theatre Director working on productions with Blue Raincoat Theatre Co., Tubbercurry Youth Drama Group and the Ad Astra Students in UCD. He has created and produced a workshop for Summerhill College 1st,2nd and 3rd year students to assist in answering a specific question on theatre production on the Junior Cycle English Paper.He is an accredited member of the Association of Drama Adjudicators and has been the adjudicator for a number of Drama Festivals.

I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been chosen as one of the recipients of the “Time at the Well” bursary awards 2019. This generous award will permit me the time, the theatrical space and the financial support to pursue a long held ambition of mine, to explore the possibility of creating a piece of theatre adapted from the rich source of surreal and anarchic material contained within the collected writings of Flann O Brien.

Edwina is using her residency to explore and research the creation of a new performance piece that celebrates Sean Nós dancing.

Edwina hails from outside the village of Drumsna in County Leitrim. She learned her dancing from her mother and the local dancers of Leitrim and Roscommon. Music plays as much an important role as dancing does in Edwina’s life. Edwina holds a degree in Music, English and Education from St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra and graduated as a primary school teacher in 2010. Having started teaching dancing at the age of 15, Edwina has now taught her steps and toured with shows and bands in every continent all over the world. She has shared the stage with some of Ireland’s most influential acts such as De Danann, Dervish, Mairtín O Connor, Frankie Gavin, Kíla, Martin Hayes, Brendan Power, Tim Edey, Séamus Begley, We Banjo 3 and John Carty to name a few. Edwina worked as choreographer on director Ken Loach’s latest film, Jimmy’s Hall, nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. She also worked as a guest presenter on RTE’s The Beo Show that involved teaching children music and dance in a fun and unique way. Edwina is the sole force behind her dance club “Sean Nós ar an tSionann”. The club, which is now in its 13th year, has over 400 members, 8 teachers and is based in Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo, Mayo and Longford with pop up weekend workshops around the rest of the country. 

Karen Tansey, our emerging artist in residence from Ballymote, Co. Sligo will work in conjunction with Edwina on this project also.

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